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Lincoln's Autocrat - The Life of Edwin Stanton

William Marvel

Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's secretary of war during most of the Civil War and under Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. In the first full biography of Stanton in more than fifty years, William Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Climbing from a difficult youth to the pinnacle of power, Stanton used his authority-and the public coffers-to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties. Though Lincoln's ability to harness a cabinet with sharp divisions and strong personalities is widely celebrated, Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton-who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation-a coward and a bully.

Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's secretary of war during most of the Civil War and under Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. In the first full biography of Stanton in more than fifty years, William Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Climbing from a difficult youth to the pinnacle of power, Stanton used his authority-and the public coffers-to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties. Though Lincoln's ability to harness a cabinet with sharp divisions and strong personalities is widely celebrated, Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton-who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation-a coward and a bully.
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Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's secretary of war during most of the Civil War and under Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. In the first full biography of Stanton in more than fifty years, William Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Climbing from a difficult youth to the pinnacle of power, Stanton used his authority-and the public coffers-to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties. Though Lincoln's ability to harness a cabinet with sharp divisions and strong personalities is widely celebrated, Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton-who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation-a coward and a bully.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Norman Dietz

Length:

27h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

27:44


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

37:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

38:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

39:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

40:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

46:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

42:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

50:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

51:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

50:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

48:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

52:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

51:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

48:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

50:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

50:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

51:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

47:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

48:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

46:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

50:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

44:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

41:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

43:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

41:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

42:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

43:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

37:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

38:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

58:21